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With Ready Player One‘s solid box office performance, Hollywood is looking toward an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s other novel, Armada. And a writer has now officially been signed to make it happen.
While Ready Player One was helmed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, the rights to Armada were bought by Universal Pictures for a seven-figure sum. Universal is attempting to get the project moving along, and they’ve now officially hired Dan Mazeau to write.
Mazeau is notable of late as he was the writer brought in to helm the script for the upcoming The Flash movie. That film is rumored to revolve around the infamous Flashpoint comic arc.
Other than The Flash, Mazeau was the writer behind 2012’s Wrath of the Titans. He’s also been tapped to pen an adaptation of the famous mangas, Bleach and Yukikaze. With the latter having Tom Cruise attached to star.
Cline’s Armada derives inspiration from properties such as The Last Starfighter and Ender’s Game. Within it, much like Ready Player One, the film pulls inspiration from a variety of pop culture entities. Here’s the official Amazon summation of the novel:
“The story follows a teenager who plays an online video game about defending against an alien invasion, only to find out that the game is a simulator to prepare him and people around the world for defending against an actual alien invasion.”
While Universal has hired Mazeau to write, there’s no timetable announced as to when they are hoping to get the adaptation into theaters. Cline himself is in the midst of writing a sequel to Ready Player One. He thinks a sequel to the recent movie is a good possibility too.
Cline was quoted that “there’s a good chance that, if this one does well, Warner Bros. will want to make a sequel.” However, he isn’t sure whether Spielberg would be back, saying “I don’t know if Steven would want to dive back in, because he would know what he is getting into. He’s said that it’s the third hardest film he’s made, out of dozens and dozens of movies.”